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18 October 2017

Synaptic Software launches retirement modelling tool, Synaptic Analyser

Synaptic Software, the company responsible for developing research software for professional advisers, today launches Synaptic Analyser, a retirement income analysis and drawdown product comparison tool, that will help financial advisers support their customers in planning for retirement.

The software, developed with and verified by financial advisers, provides a single view of a customer’s sources of income such as property, bonds and pension pots. Once a customer has provided their financial adviser with aspirational retirement target income, known pinch points such as big holidays or supporting children in buying a home, Synaptic Analyser will allow financial advisers to model multiple income scenarios and make numerous calculations including: 

  • Forecast monthly retirement income based on current pension, assets and savings
  • Shortfall analysis to reach the desired retirement income
  • Insight into the taxation of potential retirement income options
  • Including or excluding state pension calculations
  • Mortality calculation using data from the Office of National Statistics life expectancy data 

The software, road-tested by a number of financial advisers, processes complex queries quickly, while remaining easy and intuitive to use. It also enables financial advisers to compare the drawdown products available to customers and produce easy to read reports that meet compliance requirements. 

Recent research* suggests people are underestimating how long they will live by 15 years. If they are underestimating their lifespan, they will also underestimate the years they will spend in retirement. To avoid people being unprepared for retirement, it’s more important than ever to ensure that financial advisers have all the relevant facts and figures at their fingertips so they can provide the best advice to their customers. Synaptic Analyser is a great addition to our easy to use set of products, designed with, and for, professional advisers. Importantly not aligned to any specific providers of products, advisers can be assured they are receiving impartial information.

Peter Bayliss

Product director of Synaptic Software

*Source: Capita Employee Benefits Pensions and Retirement report 2017 commissioned an online survey of 1,200 UK employees age 16+ which was conducted between 23 March and 30 March 2017. Participants in the research were all members of the Research Now survey panel. The full report is available on request.

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